A Frog Prince to Sit Upon

The latch hook frog prince I did a little while ago bounced around for a bit while I was kicking the sewing machine to get it to play nice. It’s elderly, and often decides things are too hard and the tension goes all crazy. Anyway, it’s been kicked now so I have finished the frog prince cushion. Hooray! I did an envelope style back for it, and look I took a ton of photos in case you wanted to do an envelope style back for something. I’m pretty nice to you. I’ll add my usual disclaimer that this is how I did it, and it’s probably not the best/easiest/common way.
Pick your fabricFirst thing you’ll need to do is find some backing fabric. Having recently done a bit of a clear out, I had uncovered this froggy fabric. No idea where it came from, probably a swap at some point. It was fate, I reckon. Fate! You’ll need enough to cover the piece you’re backing, plus a couple of extra inches because you’ll be overlapping it. Cut the fabric in “half”. You can cut it exactly in half, or cut it so you have one piece wider than the other, which is what I did. Hem one cut edge on each piece. I didn’t take a photo of this, I assumed you’d seen a hem before. If you have the kind of machine that does fancypants stitches, you could use those for a bit of decorative flair. The Elna does straight, zig zag or somewhere in the middle, so I just straight stitched mine.

Pin this to bitsWith right sides facing, plonk the latch hook (or whatever) down on your fabric and pin the merry hell out of it. Pins pins pins, loads of them. Got room for another one? Slap it in! I’ve pinned with the latch hook facing me so that I can make sure the yarn isn’t sitting in the sewing zone. Just push it out of the way with your fingers (or a knitting needle. Or a butter knife) as you pin. You want to pin it so the fabric is pretty flat and tight over the latch hook. If you are doing this with latch hook, be prepared for it to all be a bit floppy because of the bulk of the yarn. Don’t worry, it’s all good.

FloppyThis is the backside of the pinning bonanza. What’s happening in the lower right corner? I have no idea. Now, you can pin both bits of fabric at once, overlapping them in the middle (the hem side goes in the middle, but you probably figured that out). I did one at a time because I am not brave.

Sewing the back on is a bit tricky I found. The bulk of the yarn makes the sewing machine sad. I found it incredibly helpful to move the position of the needle to the far left. Much easier to sew the edges that way as you don’t have to try and get the yarn under the foot. Sew all the way around, keeping the needle as close to the yarn as you can. Keep an eye out for yarn slipping into the path of the needle and just poke it back inside the seamline as you go. I went around twice, with a bit of a gap between the seams because I never really trust my seams to not burst later, so I added a second one as insurance.

If you are doing what I did, and adding the sections separately, just repeat the pin/sew bit. Make sure when you pin you have a good inch or more of overlap, otherwise you may end up with exposed cushion insert and you will offend the vicar.

Clipped corner

Once you’ve got both bits sewn on, trim your canvas and fabric to about an inch around (yes, Australia does use the metric system, but “about an inch” sounds better than “About 2.5cm”). Clip your corners! Otherwise they’ll make a horrible lumpy bulky bit and no one wants that. Just chop them as above. Trust me. Now you can turn the whole lot right side out through the envelope opening and shove your insert inside.

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Here’s Mr Frog Prince all full of pillow insert. You could probably make your own insert if you had some fabric and stuffing laying about, but hell it was $4 so I splurged.

OopsAs you can see I am in extreme danger of offending the vicar. My overlap was not quite overlappy enough for the insert, but I’m hoping that sitting on the cushion a bit will squash it down eventually. Anyway it’s the back, if people look at the backs of cushions I think they’re just being rude.

While I’m here, I’ll show you the other work in progress I have going on. It’s the “cushion cover” which will instead cover a footstool.

WIPYes I should have it on a frame, but the frame I have is not quite wide enough, and I am too cheap to go and buy another one so I am doing it unstretched. I’m a rebel. The canvas is pretty firm, so it’s still coming out fairly evenly. Stop judging me.

Frog Prince Latch Hook

Here we go, just in time to stop this being entirely about my temperature scarf, I actually have another finished object for you. This kit was an impulse buy while I was buying other things. I figured since the package was coming over anyway, I might as well squeeze in another something. That something is the “Frog Prince” latch hook kit by Caron.
Frog Prince Latch HookI hadn’t done any latch hook in years, so it was sort of nice to bounce back into it. Of course I bought it entirely because I can’t resist a frog, but even so latch hook is quite zen once you get your rhythm going.

In natural light, like when the above photo was taken, the colours are quite distinct. However under an energy saver globe there was a lot of difficulty determining green vs light green, or yellow vs light gold. The yellow/gold issue was solved when I realised the yarn itself was different, with the yellow being a big fluffy yarn and the gold being thinner and more stringy. The black and purple also look almost identical under artificial light. My solution was one of those little LED pocket lantern thingies, which blasted a nice bright clean light over everything and made it all very obvious (apart from the two middle shades of green, which I probably did not get 100% correct). At the time I did some frustrated “tsking” but now it’s done I can see that the very close shades do give him a lovely depth.

Latch Hook Canvas

The kit comes with the printed canvas, a chart, bundles of precut yarn (not sorted, obviously) and finishing instructions. As the finished frog is 12 inches by 12 inches, he’s a little small to be a rug so I’m going to pop a back on it and make a cushion. The kit doesn’t include the latch hook, or any finishing materials.

There’s a kit from the same series lurking in my recently re-discovered craft stash, so I might do some more latch hooking in the near future. I have a cushion cover to complete first however, to re-cover a foot stool for my mother.